MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Prince fans from all over the world now have a new way to pay tribute to the music legend — right here in Minnesota.

A statue of Prince’s iconic Love Symbol was revealed for the first time Thursday morning at Paisley Park.

The statue stands about 11 feet tall and six feet wide and will sit outside the Purple One’s compound-turned-museum in Chanhassen.

Danette and George Salley came all the way from Oklahoma to see Paisley Park. They got a first look at the new statue.

“That was kind of his revolt against the music industry saying I want musical freedom and musical rights,” George Salley said.

The Love Symbol is what Prince changed his name to in 1993. It combines the ancient symbols of male and female together.

The symbol was used at the time to stymie Warner Bros., his then record label. It then became synonymous with Prince’s identity.

The Minnesota native’s music compound and private residence is mostly off-limits for photos inside, but this outdoor display gives fans the opportunity to show they were here.

“We really wanted to have a place for people to take that moment to celebrate being here,” Alan Seiffert, executive director at Paisley Park said.

While there is an admission fee to get into Paisley Park, you can visit the statue for free. The complex is open to the public every day except Wednesdays.

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